MJR(Marbles Jumbo Radio) they/he is a dancer and visual artist born 1979, in Paterson New Jersey.
They are currently based in New York.
Making works of performance, video, and installation- they often work in collaboration with other artists whose work and research inspires them.
danced like a verb, like an utterance..
MJR classically trained as a dancer and choreographer; their performance practice situates dance as a tool of agency within a politics of place, memory, and survival.
Their choreographic live performance and video works include “Dark” 2001, “Wintering” 2002, “Captain” 2008, and “Systems of Us” 2009 and were presented in New York at spaces including HERE, Dancespace Project, and Joyce SOHO. In LA, he presented works at REDCAT, Anatomy Riot, and LACE.
used, like a sound, like a fist,
Recent, selected collaborative works, include Meg Wolfe’s “New Faithful Disco” 2014, Andrea Geyer’s “Truly Spun Never” 2016, taisha paggett’s “Moutnain Fire Holding Still.” 2016, Johanna Breiding’s “We Love Our Parents, We Fear Snakes” 2015/16, or Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz’s “Moving Backwards” 2019
like a tool.
C u r r i c u l u m V i t a e
Born in 1979 in New Jersey, studies between 1996-1999 with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Between 1999 and 2002, works for several companies- including Tanz Theater Darmstadt in Germany and Susan Marshall in New York. Since 2001, original choreographies, commissions, and collaborations with choreographers, artists, and dancers. Dance teaching experience at University of California Davis and Riverside- Departments of Theater and Dance, TBA (Time Based Art) Festival at PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), and California Institute of Art.
Choreographies and Choreographic Collaborations (selection)
2020 “Moving Backwards” JOAN Los Angeles, live choreography/performance in Boudry/Lorenz’s “Moving Backwards” exhibition
2019 “Moving Backwards” 58th Venice Biennale, Venice Italy (choreography in film “Moving Backwards” by directors Boudry/Lorenz, together with Julie Cunningham, Werner Hirsch, Latifa Laâbissi, and Nach)
2017 “Traced” SF MoMA, live choreography/performance in Andrea Geyer’s exhibition, together with Julie Tolentino and Oscar Tidd
2016 “Truly Spun Never” Installation Parque Galleria, City of Mexico (choreography in film “Truly Spun Never” by director Andrea Geyer, together with Jess Barbagallo, Natalie Cloarec, Patricia Hoffbaur, devon emory, Lily Gold, and Omagbitse Omagbeni)
2016 “Mountain. Fire. Holding Still.” live choreography/performance in taisha paggett’s “Mountain. Fire. Holding Still.” Installation at The Getty Villa, Los Angeles, together with Yann Novak.
2015 “We Love Our Parents, We Fear Snakes” live choreography/performance in exhibition directed by Johanna Breiding, together with Yann Novak, Pasadena Armory, Pasadena
2010“Doing Ice Bergs” The Wolf, Los Angeles (among others) live choreography/performance of score together with Simone Forti and Tashi Wada
2009 “Systems of Us” New Original Works Festival, REDCAT, Los Angeles
2008 “Captain” Choreography by MJR, The Wooden Door Guest Artist Commission, Los Angeles
2008 “A Re-Invention of 18 Happenings in 6 Parts” live choreography/performance in Steve Roden’s performance at LACE, (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) in MOCA’s “Allan Kaprow: Art As Life” exhibition together with Simone Forti and Michael Ned Holte
2001 “Wintering” Choreography by MJR, Danspace Project NY-Food for Thought (curated by Marya Wethers)
2016 “Reflections on Performance as Vigil” The Getty Iris.